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Sharon M. Draper

Author of Out of My Mind

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About the Author

Sharon M. Draper was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21, 1952. She taught high school English for twenty-five years and received numerous honors including Ohio Teacher of the Year and the NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award. She has also written numerous books including Romiette and Julio, Darkness show more before Dawn, Double Dutch, and the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series. She is a a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award for Copper Sun, Forged by Fire, Tears of a Tiger, The Battle of Jericho, and November Blues. Her title Out of My Mind made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind (2010) 4,736 copies
Tears of a Tiger (1994) 1,682 copies
Copper Sun (2006) 1,354 copies
Forged By Fire (1997) 1,033 copies
Stella by Starlight (2015) 1,010 copies
Romiette and Julio (1999) 829 copies
Blended (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 736 copies
The Battle of Jericho (2003) 628 copies
Double Dutch (2002) 598 copies
Darkness Before Dawn (2001) 540 copies
November Blues (2007) 485 copies
Fire from the Rock (2007) 394 copies
The Buried Bones Mystery (1994) 338 copies
Lost in the Tunnel of Time (1994) 301 copies
Out of My Heart (2021) 243 copies
Panic (2013) 238 copies
Little Sister Is Not My Name (2009) 226 copies
Just Another Hero (2009) 224 copies
The Birthday Storm (2009) 126 copies
The Space Mission Adventure (2006) 115 copies
Shadows of Caesar's Creek (1997) 109 copies
The Backyard Animal Show (2006) 86 copies
Stars and Sparks on Stage (2007) 70 copies
The Silver Secret (2010) 36 copies
From Zero to Hero! (2001) 27 copies
Drum Beats (2001) 16 copies
Karışık (2019) 1 copy
Icimdeki Melodi (2022) 1 copy

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This one is a children's book about an 11-year-old with Cerebral Palsey. It felt a bit slow through the first half but probably did require the build-up. It is quite insightful.
TraSea | 459 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
In this realistic historical fiction, young Stella and her younger brother, JoJo, are the first to spot a resurgence of the KKK in her community, as they practice burning a cross one night across the lake from her home. What will the consequences be if her father goes to vote as he plans?
TraSea | 44 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Read aloud, or Middle education
Melody has Cerebral Palsy, and can't talk, but she is smart, and she has a lot to say and no words to use.
This book would be great for a read aloud for fourth graders or for casual reading for 5th - 12th graders.
elliemarte | 459 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
This book would be appropriate for middle school because of the length.
This book is about a young girl with cerebral palsy and a photographic memory as she learns to navigate school and longing to be noticed as just another student.
I would recommend this book in a classroom as a form of disability representation or to bring awareness to cerebral palsy.
mlutey22 | 459 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |



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